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Marie Antoinette taken to the Conciergerie Prison in the middle of the night of August 1st, 1793 where she will wait for 76 days.
This compelling book begins on the 2nd of August 1793, the day Marie Antoinette was torn from her family’s arms and escorted from the Temple to the Conciergerie, a thick-walled fortress turned prison. It was also known as the “waiting room for the guillotine” because prisoners only spent a day or two here before their conviction and subsequent execution. The ex-queen surely knew her days were numbered, but she could never have known that two and a half months would pass before she would finally stand trial and be convicted of the most ungodly charges.
Will Bashor traces the final days of the prisoner registered only as Widow Capet, No. 280, a time that was a cruel mixture of grandeur, humiliation, and terror. Marie Antoinette’s reign amidst the splendors of the court of Versailles is a familiar story, but her final imprisonment in a fetid, dank dungeon is a little-known coda to a once-charmed life. Her seventy-six days in this terrifying prison can only be described as the darkest and most horrific of the fallen queen’s life, vividly recaptured in this richly researched history.
Available October 16, 2016
On Tuesday, the 11th of December 1792, King Louis XVI was taken from the Temple Prison to stand before the Convention and hear his indictment. He is no longer imprisoned with his son Louis Charles, his sister Élisabeth, his daughter Marie-Thérèse, and Marie Antoinette. Rather, he has been separated from his family in the Temple.
Marie Antoinette was a rather attractive and lively image. Though naturally thoughtless, she was a kindhearted woman with mostly good intentions. Indeed, she detested the etiquette of the rigid court, but she was also too ostentatious in her taste for privacy at her Petit Trianon, which only alienated her from the courtiers of Versailles. These were allies dearly missed in the troubling times on the horizon.
An excellent example of Marie Antoinette’s thoughtlessness was her sleigh rides on the boulevards of Paris. Wrapped in a fur-lined velvet cloak with gold braid, she was a “delight for any eye” according to her chambermaid. But her timing was harshly criticized; the poorest of her subjects were freezing to death on the streets at the time.
Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie
It was incredible that Charles-Henri Sanson was asked to assist with the demonstration of the new invention, the guillotine, for Louis XVI.
The next time that Sanson had an audience with the king was on the scaffold, when Louis was the national razor’s victim.